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How To Store Coffee Beans

When you open a new bag of coffee beans they hold so much promise. A cup of coffee is more than just a casual drink.

It's the thing you look forward to in the morning to launch you into your day. It's the drink that keeps you energised to go from meeting to meeting. It's the blissful early-morning sips you take when the house is quiet and you're in relaxed silence.

So, if coffee beans mean so much to so many, then storage for coffee beans must be something that people have figured out. What's the best way to keep coffee beans fresh for months? Is it storing them in a can? In a paper bag? Storing coffee beans in the freezer, or storing coffee beans in a vacuum sealed container?

There are so many methods that people put forward that we wanted to answer the question once and for all. What's the best way of storing coffee beans?

How To Store Coffee Beans Effectively

The very best way to store your coffee beans is surprisingly simple. You want to keep them airtight and away from the sun. We know that looking at your coffee beans in a beautiful glass jar may be temptingly gorgeous, but the less sunlight that coffee beans get, the better it is for them to retain their properties.

Being airtight is also a must. Many people buy their coffee beans in a paper bag (this is normal and fine) and then think that storing them in a paper bag is the best way to keep them. This isn't true. What you want is an opaque air-tight container.

But there's more. Coffee beans need to be stored in a cool place. Too often coffee beans (even coffee beans in opaque, airtight containers) are stored in a hot kitchen, right next to the stove, or in a place on the counter where they'll be in full sunlight. You want your beans to stay cool, so you should always put your container of coffee beans in a cabinet, or somewhere on the counter where they won't get overheated in the kitchen.

Can You Store Coffee Beans In The Fridge Or Freezer?

Coffee should always be used as soon after it's been roasted as possible, so you don't want to store freshly roasted coffee for too long. But the bigger issue isn't just fresh coffee but the fact that coffee absorbs the flavours that surround it. This is one of the many reasons why coffee should be placed in an airtight container.

So, using a vacuum sealer to vacuum seal coffee before putting it in the fridge or freezer is an option. (This is especially important as the smallest leak of a seal could result in freezer burn of your coffee. Vacuum seal bags are your friend.)

Buying Only As Much As You'll Need Is Best

The best way to store your coffee is to not have to store your coffee much at all. Ideally, you won't be buying your coffee beans or ground coffee for more than a two-week supply at a time. They'll likely come in a coffee bag, and you should transfer them from the bag into an airtight jar, can or vacuum sealed bag.

Keep them out of the sun and keep at room temperature, and your delicious coffee whether cold brew, French pressed, drip or espresso coffee will all turn out wonderfully with the freshest tasting results. If you want to keep your coffee beans in the original packaging, then perhaps you can opt to buy coffee in smaller quantities so it doesn't have time to lose its freshness.

At Primo Caffe, our coffee is roasted fresh weekly, so our customers are always stocked with the very best quality coffee beans. Visit our Shop page for Italian coffee beans and many other varieties of coffee beans.

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